Originally Posted by HometownHero
There is zero chance the D-Backs trade a young hitter who just turned 25 in late August for a SS who is 27 in the same month and has done next to nothing in the majors and a end of the rotation SP in Leake.
Upton 117 OPS+
Cozart 82 OPS+
Leake 97 ERA+
These two players would need to be the 2nd and 3rd p[layers with a far bigger upside player going to the snakes as the top player.
You can use the sabermetrics all you want but that doesn't change the fact of supply and demand... Cozart has to be on the list of Towers because he is available... Andrus is not. Profar is not. Tulo is not, plus he makes too much money... Yunel Escobar is there but makes too much money for the Diamondbacks...
I am not sure who you think the Diamondbacks are going to get? I guess one baseball trade that would make sense is Cabrera from Cleveland for Upton but Cabrera still makes too much money to make sense for Arizona...
If you try to tell me Tyler Pastornicky is a better option, that can be argued but you still don't know if he's going to be a light hit, all glove SS and that really doesn't make a difference because Cozart is Gold Glove Caliber.
IMO Cozart, Leake, and 2 prospects could get the deal done...
You must go off of Trades in the last 2/3 years for comparables...
The last Impact 25/26 Year Old Bat who was traded was Michael Bourn from Houston for
LHP Brett Oberholtzer, Mississippi (AA)
RHP Paul Clemens, Mississippi (AA)
RHP Juan Abreu, Gwinnett (AAA)
OF Jordan Schafer, Atlanta
So you'd have to go off of a trade like that and Upton makes far more $ the next 3 years than Bourn did...
Now you'll probably go off on a comparison of Upton and Bourn... Which I can assure you I don't need you to do because they are young outfielders, albeit different skill sets...
Bourn 8.3 WAR 3 years prior to trade
Upton 7.7 WAR 3 Years prior to this offseason